MANCHESTER ACADEMY NEWSLETTER
28th JULY 2015
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August is drawing ever-nearer, which means we’re roughly about halfway through the British summer. So far it’s been a mixed bag in terms of everything from from news reports to the weather, with negative headlines married up against positive stories, rain and grey skies swiftly being followed by bouts of gorgeous, almost cloudless blue skies. Nevertheless, there has been one consistent- the high standard of bookings here at Manchester’s busiest venues.
Needless to say then, we were spoilt for choice in terms of which shows to highlight.
Not that there was any doubt in our minds about drawing some attention to SOJA. Formerly known as Soldiers of Jah Army, the Grammy-nominated U.S. reggae outfit have been active for almost 20 years, with six critically acclaimed albums in their back catalogue and a huge cult following. As such it’s no surprise we’re expecting a particularly busy night on Sunday 16th August, when they arrive at our hallowed stomping ground.
Next up we have the inimitable Jungle Brothers, arguably the most famous hip hop-jazz fusion outfit in the world. Touching down in Manchester on Sunday 6th September, the decade-spanning outfit from New York emerged in the mid-80s, shooting to stardom with their debut LP Straight Out The Jungle, and haven’t looked back since. Lauded for their live performances, needless to say this will be one show to remember.
And, finally, we have Geordie hard rock legends, The Wildhearts, who will be arriving for what’s set to be a powerhouse of a date on Friday 18th September. The ideal way to kick start a weekend, the troupe will be performing their second, and arguably most famous and best loved album, P.H.U.Q., offering people a chance to get involved with this timeless piece of guitar-wielding history.
Like we said, then, spoilt for choice.